Dr. Bruce presents his most deeply held idea: a new hypothesis for how life began on the Earth, The Coupled Phases model was developed over thirty years of inquiry and completed with the collaboration of his mentor and colleague at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Professor David Deamer. Hear how the model works and how it might help us refigure our civilization, first in his TEDx Santa Cruz talk, then in an interview on the Midwest Real podcast, and finally from his presentation of... Topics: origin of life, chemistry, complexity theory, chemistry, complexity theory, space, consciousness
In April, 2014 the members of the Boston-based Jellicle Literary Guild met to consider a question posed virtually by Dr. Bruce on "can we remake our communities in the old model of the closely knit circle?". See how a group of intelligent New Englanders tackle this question. Host and publisher of Scriptor Press Raymond Soulard has guided the guild since its founding in New Britain, Connecticut in 1988. If you would like to host your own "salon" with a question posed in the... Topics: community, civilization
In November 2011 at the peak of the Occupy movement Dr. Bruce was moved by the protesters who so bravely spoke truth to power. Occupy represented deep dissatisfaction with a nation and a system deeply riddled with corruption that even the founding fathers of the Republic had feared and foretold. So he penned a five part document: "By and for the 99%, a visionary Blueprint for a Radical Remake of America (or any country)" which drew enough attention that he ended up on conservative... Topics: occupy wall street, us constitution, corruption politics, constitutional convention
Dr. Bruce returns with a report on science field work in Australia and at the Bumpass Hell volcanic springs in California. And then following on to our last episode "Primal Theory" which took up questions on how the universe might work, Dhiren Dasu and Dr. Bruce sit down in the studio and take up the more pertinent, personal question of where humanity might be going next. We asked ourselves the question: "what is your prime driver?" We cycled through whether we should live... Topics: personal philosophy, consciousness, rhythm, awareness, presence, yoga, psychedelics, Ram Dass
Join us for part 2 of the controversial Radical Remake show with Dr. Bruce, and KSCO Radio's Michael Zwerling as they take on a barrage of callers from a mostly politically right of center listenership. As a preamble Dr. Bruce summarizes the five points his Radical Remake blueprint as well as Lawrence Lessig's book Republic Lost. Both documents outline how a constitutional convention might be held in the USA to deal with corruption and reboot the country's system of governance. Credits: Dr.... Topics: Constitutional Convention, Politics, Corruption, Lawrence Lessig
This is a collection of raw audio of Dr. R. P. Kaushik, as recorded by his students in the 1970s up to a time prior to his death in 1981. These recordings were subsequently digitized in the years before and up to 2012 and provided for general availability here. A select set of these valuable talks will be released under the Dr.Bruce podcast available at:http://www.drbruce.org We would appreciate hearing from any former students, teachers, scholars or family members and friends of Dr. Kaushik as... Topics: visionary thought, enlightenment, healing, eastern spiritual traditions, yoga, medicine, eastern...
Dr. Bruce returns for a Studio Session with Dhiren Dasu recorded back in 2012 where he dove into his primordial thinking behind the recently published hypothesis on the origin of life, musings on the origin of the cosmos, and the unique place of life and God in the universe. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (speaker), Dhiren Dasu (interview and audio recording), Ryan Norkus (cover art) Mental Physix (theme music). [released 2 July 2016] Topics: science, origin of life, cosmogenesis, God, evolution
Dr. R.P. Kaushik returns to the Levity Zone in what I call "the Long Minding Road to Freedom", He first recounts the long history of spiritual traditions in India and the West all of which eventually devolve into limited products of Mind and Ego. He then examines the nature of the mind itself showing that this most sensitive instrument can become our guru, if we will only choicelessly follow its meanderings until the end. In this way we will open out into a new space: the flow of... Topic: consciousness
byDr. Bruce Damer, TEDxSantaCruz, Midwest Real podcast
Dr. Bruce presents his greatest idea yet for spaceflight in the first of two TEDx talks given for TEDxSantaCruz on April 24, 2015. Hear how humanity might create a sustainable presence in the solar system in this century through SHEPHERD, an innovative new type of spacecraft. After the TEDx talk we continue with an extended discussion about new possibilities in space with Michael Phillip of the Midwest Real podcast. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (introducer and presenter), TEDxSantaCruz (event... Topics: space flight, nasa, mars, asteroids, life, tedx
Join Dr. Bruce midway through his 2015 Levity Zone down under tour of eastern Australia. In an artsy warehouse in the artsy Sydney district of Newtown Dr. Bruce presented an evening serenade of visionary story threads woven with the chill tones of live DJ Tsentsak (aka Richard Baron). Lie back with the Aussies and take in part one of a trip through our deepest history hyperdriving up through to the fragile but potent present, riding the liminal zone between reason and magick. Credits: Dr. Bruce... Topics: consciousness, Australia, politics, Eleusis
The Merry Pranksters return to Santa Cruz to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Acid Test! Hear George Walker, Mountain Girl Carolyn Garcia and Ken Babbs on stage at Don Quixote's hold forth on deep counter-cultural history. Hosted by by County Supervisor John Leopold, this important historical event, which back in 1965 spawned the Grateful Dead, is commemorated by a proclamation, and a historic marker... a bus stop! Santa Cruz honors its Psychedelic history and Dr. Bruce was there to... Topics: The Merry Pranksters, The Grateful Dead, Acid Tests, Counter Culture
For the 50th Levity Zone podcast Dr. Bruce offers: "Fire in the Sky" a four part full tilt poetic journey from the birth of the cosmos through the origin of life and human conscious awareness. This piece was later performed on stage with Android Jones and Val Santana at the 2016 Lightning in a Bottle festival. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (performer), Lisa Cory (cover photography), Val Santana/DJ DISSOLV (recording and music mixing). [released 29 September 2016] Topics: Cosmogenesis, biogenesis, evolution, consciousness, language, paleolithic Europe, Ancient Greece,...
UK-Australian performer Hugo Farrant teams up with DJ Treats and enters the Levity Zone with his unique visionary rap. Hugo takes us back way before Eleusis to Mesopotamia's Spring Goddess Ishtar. We fall into his spell of words and music and journey as the grateful pilgrim in search of the divine feminine and our collective rejuvenation from Mother Nature herself. Hugo also raps with whimsical world band Dub The Magic Dragon, and PhD historian and musician Giordano Nanni, co-creator of Juice... Topics: Ishtar, ascension, civilization, religion, ceremony
Returning from the Deep 90s back to the future in 2015 Dr. Bruce joins Allan Lundell and his mythic friend Peter Fae for a hot tub confab high on the mountaintop of Future Peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Not only is Al a true bon homme but he is also a keen observer of the cyber-culture and developing trends in tech and the social landscape, chronicling all of this in his KSCO Santa Cruz radio show, Dr. Future. Realizing a twenty year dream of networking hot tub conversations, Dr. Bruce, Al... Topics: spirituality, science, gaia, space, billionaires, origin of life, mythic selves, avatars, drones
Returning for the second half of the Merry Pranksters visit to the Levity Zone, Prankster Lee Quarnstrom reads from his autobiography "When I was a Dynamiter" with a spectacular telling of the 1965 bust at Ken Kesey's house in La Honda. Yours truly, Dr. Bruce, shares Leon Tabory's hitherto untold tale of the accidental painting of Kesey's magic bus before its epic 1964 New York trip, a chance inspiration that colored up the whole 60s. And John Leopold, First District Supervisor of... Topics: Merry Pranksters, Acid Test, 1960s, Santa Cruz, Ken Kesey
Apple Computer's 30th birthday was celebrated back in November 2006 when Dr. Bruce and his DigiBarn Computer Museum hosted a lively, nerdly and funny panel featuring Steve Wozniak, Randy Wigginton, Chris Espinosa, and Daniel Kottke. The theme was: "Apple in the garage" when these four gentlemen along with Steve Jobs assembled Apple 1 computers in his parents' garage, cooking up what would eventually become the world's most valuable company. This episode is released to coincide with... Topics: DigiBarn, computer history, Apple computer, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Apple I, Apple II, garages,...
Rejoin Dr. Bruce during his 2015 Levity Zone Tour in Australia for part 2 of the Sydney Serenade. Ray trace a visionary beam through the crystalline structure of Endo, diffracting through the azure jewel of civilization, passing back through ancient Australian zircons to the origin of life, completing our photonic journey in a glint off Incan temple foundations. The crystal sphere then went out to dance by moonlight and found itself in a Gaian dialogue with the local Lukuma and together they... Topics: consciousness, Australia, civilization, space travel, inca
Dr. Bruce Damer's Genesis Engines talk delivered at Burning Man on August 30, 2012 as part of the Palenque Norte Speaker Series. Credits: Bruce Damer (speaker), Chris Aman (editing) Kianna Alarid Cameron/Svamps (music) [released: Dec 31, 2012] Topics: origin of life science, artificial life, computing, combinatorial chemistry, SETI, cosmology
Roll open the doors to the DigiBarn Computer Museum as we enter a new theme in the Zone. Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak gets a grand tour of Dr. Bruce's vintage computer collection. Deep nerd wisdom is mixed with whimsical techie banter as first person true stories of Apple and the rise of the personal computer are shared. Credits: Steve Wozniak, Dr. Bruce Damer, Allan Lundell, Sellam Ismail (speakers, recording and editing), Bo Millward (sound cleanup) Kyle Espenshade (theme music).... Topics: Steve Wozniak, Apple Computer, DigiBarn Computer Museum, Apple II, Xerox Alto, Elixir Technologies,...
Back in June of 2012 Lorenzo Hagerty and yours truly, Dr. Bruce, presented a program on the life of Terence McKenna at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Join us in the Big Yurt perched over the Pacific in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I fulfilled a promise Terence and I made to 'do my own thing' and return to Esalen in his name to present my particular raps.Join me as I weave some new myths, flow out Esalen visions and inspire a hopeful view of our coming to... Topics: Esalen Institute, human evolution, Terence McKenna, cognitive overload, consciousness
In the next "Deep 90s" episode in the Levity Zone we roll the clock to January of 1998 when Bruce Damer appeared on National Public Radio's TechNation program with host Dr. Moira Gunn. By this time Internet virtual worlds had exploded as hundreds of thousands of users, clothed in digital representations called avatars, had homesteaded their way into second lives in Cyberspace. Well before Internet voice chat and video, social networks, and networked games these worlds hosted group... Topics: Avatars, virtual worlds, Internet
The Eleusinian mysteries of ancient Greece initiated an awakening into civilization, science and art but were lost when fanatical Christians and savage tribes smashed the temple as the Roman empire fell. Are we living in an inferior culture driven by non-initiates subjecting our world to the worst juvenile destructive tendancies? Dr. Bruce explores the return of Eleusinian initiation through rites in circles held around the world in this talk from Burning Man 2014, Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer,... Topics: Eleusinian mysteries, civilization, initiation, healing, psychopathy, greek mythology
In honor of the passing of Dr. Alexander 'Sasha' Shulgin a special group journeyed to a lush green spring-fed valley in dry far Northern California back in June of 2014. Dr. Bruce spins a tale of how we came to vision, the coevolution of technology and then on into how we may open to a group overmind driven and connected through the 'Shulgin Chip' and reach a place where we resonate with a cosmic destiny.Thanks to author Ramez Naam for his novel Nexus which was the inspiration for this talk.... Topic: Sasha Shulgin
Journey to the beautiful valley of Ojai, in Southern Californa, where Dr. Bruce engages an intimate audience in the first Ojai Salon at the visionary compound of Jeffrey Harris near where J. Krishnamurti sat under the teaching tree.Come now with us in an inner journey from our insectivore primate ancestors 90 million years ago all the way out to the first flash of the total conscious manifest rendering of the cosmos in our own minds in our own time. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (speaker, intro,... Topics: human evolution, consciousness, cosmic futures, Ojai Salon
Journey with Dr. Bruce passing through the dark abyss of unbeing to the coming to consciousness of the universe. Performed at the first Palenque Norte, Burning Man, August 2003. Credits: Lorenzo Hagerty (event), Jake McDonald (cover art, music mix), Ankur Dnyanmote, ChaosLab, Arturo and Kianna Alarid Cameron/Svamps (music). [released: Jan 31, 2013] Topics: visionary states, cosmology
Dr. R. P. Kaushik responds to audience questions in Ithaca, NY in 1978 in a piece we are calling "The Universe Within". Dr. Kaushik reveals how the energy moves within the universe inside each of us and gets caught up as tension. This tension is the source of all of our needs and ills and to move beyond it is to become a new kind of human being. Recorded Ithaca, NY, Summer 1978. Find many more talks by Dr. Kaushik at Dr.Bruce & the Levity Zone Archive and a newly rediscovered... Topics: Dr. R. P. Kaushik, Eastern Spirituality
Part two of the first Levity Zone Salon held in December of 2013 at Ancient Oaks Farm covers Dr. Bruce's personal integration guided by the teachings of Eckart Tolle and J. Krishnamurti. Travis then shared his heartbreak and frustration with powerful prescription drugs given to kids at his school putting them into a manic monkey mind state. The medicating of generations of youth by society may be altering the future of human consciousness and the very world in which we will all live. Mikey... Topics: Consciousness, drugs, childhood education, Eckart Tolle, J. Krishnamurti, human condition
Naeem at the Source, a visionary journey experienced by Dr. Bruce when leaving Pakistan in June, 2012. Read by Dr. Bruce Damer and Saad Zia in Islamabad, Pakistan, Nov 6, 2012. Credits: Bruce Damer (author and reader), Saad Zia (reader), Chris Aman (editing and music). [released: Jan 14, 2013] Topics: Visionary journey, pushtoon, Pakistan, history, language
byBruce Damer, Chris Adams, Chris Aman, Jacob Aman
Dr. Bruce asked: how can one hold the visionary state? The answer came in this recounting coming through a Sudarshan Kriya yoga breathwork session on 19 Aug, 2012. Credits: Bruce Damer (author), Chris Adams (music), Chris Aman (editing), Jacob Aman (art) Topic: Visionary state
This lost talk from Fractal Nation at Burning Man 2012 was resurrected by Andrew O'Keefe! Introduced by the artist Android Jones, Dr. Bruce goes on to unbolt the gears and camshafts of the machine that drives society, from the Mad Men who created the advertising that is supposed to define who we are, to how the machine may rattle itself apart like the long lost Soviet Union. How do we prepare for when the wheels come off? Listen in and find your way to slowly, but surely leave that machine and... Topics: consciousness, civilization, soviet union, R. P. Kaushik, advertising, ecology, power
Rolling the clock way back to 1994 we find Dr. Bruce living and working in Prague, the beautiful medieval capital of the Czech lands. As well as leading a team of top class Bohemian engineers at Elixir, Dr. Bruce presents his very own Prague Gnosis in three interviews edited for you here in the Zone: Jan and Krystyna Kaplan's video documentary Good Morning Prague, Molly's interview on Radio Metropolis, and Wendy Haller's D-Salon arts piece on Radio Prague. Hear a very early Dr. Bruce wax... Topic: Prague
007-Dr.Bruce: Dr. R. P. Kaushik - The Universe Within Part 2The second half of a talk by Dr. Kaushik about how the energy moves through our internal universe. He addresses the original audience question about how to handle sexual energy. Next, he explores how when we relate to the universe through thought we become isolated in aloneness. When thought comes to an end, and we face the full void of loneliness it is only there, free of mind, that love has the space to grow to the point you become... Topics: Dr. R. P. Kaushik, Eastern Spirituality
The Levity Zone features the third and final 2013 Burning Man talk held at the Palenque Norte tent in Camp Soft Landing, Dr. Bruce takes up the vitally important theme of the re-balancing of the feminine in the world as a force to re-center the course of our crazily careening civilization. Dive into this fanciful yet provokative story, based partly on profound new scientific discoveries yes mostly drawn out of the imagination, Follow the life of one of the most important figures in our deep... Topics: Human Evolution, Feminine, Civilization
Dr.Bruce takes great pleasure in introducing a new voice to the Levity Zone: Dr. R.P. Kaushik. Credits: Students of Dr. K (digitizing this session from Ithaca, NY, 1978), Cynthia Copple (photo), Bruce Damer (editing, introducer), MysticalSun (music). Topic: Eastern spirituality
In this special edition of the Levity Zone we embark on a new leg of our journey with the start of Levity Zone Salons. The first one was held at Ancient Oaks Farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains on December 7th 2013 and featured: Dr. Bruce, Jacob Aman, Mark Boolootian, Mikey Siegel, and Travis Rios. The theme was: how do you integrate deeply powerful spiritual experiences into your everyday life? Those precious elevated states doled out from some ineffable source are rare in the human experience... Topics: Spirtual Experience, Psychology, Practices
Join Dr. Kaushik in this tour de force talk from the late 1970s.The Doctor shows how our concept of God has undergone an evolution, from animalistic entities, to angry human deities, and finally progressing to compassionate avatars such as Jesus or the Buddha, But these gods always occupy a part of our mind that allowed them to manifest their opposite. This mind/opposite duality comes down to the persistent duality of the observer and the observed. In those rare moments, or for those rare... Topics: Eastern Spirituality, God, Consciousness
Dr. Bruce returns from the Amazon rainforest and opens the Burning Man 2013 talks series with "Sacred Monkey Power", a talk about our 90 million year deep ancestry starting out on the limbs of rainforest giants. A real dragonfly graced the colorful pavillion of Sacred Spaces Village during the talk adding to the magic. Pressing on Dr. Bruce showed how we may push back against the coiling snake of technology, the thrall of our manic monkey masters and aim our civilization for that... Topics: Human Ancestry, Technology, Future
Recorded at the Blue Lotus Temple of Sound and Light, this is the first of the "studio sessions" to be brought out into the Levity Zone. Featuring musician, artist and neighbor Dhiren Dasu in conversation with Dr. Bruce we tackle a topic not often taken on: the viability of the festival scene and the image and the reality of the "counter' or 'bubble' culture lifestyle prevalent on the West Coast of the US and elsewhere. As the philosopher Alan Watts counseled fifty years before,... Topics: counter-culture, festivals
Join us on the Pantheon stage at Symbiosis Gathering 2013 for Dr. Bruce introduced by visionary activist and coyote spiritwoman Caroline Casey. Dr. Bruce threaded together five of his recent raps from the Levity Zone and Burning Man, weaving in the story of the birth of the visionary experience 300 million year ago, the Madre seeing through our tiny primate eyes and being challenged by the snake of tech, the birth and life of Mitochrondrial Eve, all the way up to the dreamed for ascension of us... Topics: paleobiology, human ancestry, mitochondrial eve, extinction, human future, space exploration,...
In part two of the Bubble Culture Dhiren Dasu and Dr. Bruce continue to tackle the trends, economics, and purported transformational community of the festival scene. This August 2013 studio session unravels the ‘entitlement generation’ and recalls the features of real community versus the ephemeral and unsustainable nature of the festivals. While peak experiences have value, Dr. Bruce asks the question: does the festival scene feed the machine? Still there is a chance for the opening of... Topics: youth culture, festivals, counter-culture
There is reason for hope as I take you on a very personal voyage into a lifelong quest for contact with nature and the biosphere: the Madre. She is the entity that for me represents the sentient yet very alien presence that is the planetary living bolus, The following interview, conducted in Sierra Madre, California in November 2012, is the first of two parts in what became a conversation with the Madre. It is a drama of the evolution and the fight for the soul and survival of us monkeys and... Topics: human evolution, technology, spiritual quest, gaia, mother earth, nature, amazon rainforest,...
Dr. Bruce returns with another 2013 Burning Man talk held in the spectacular dome at Fractal Planet, a camp centered around visionary art led by the eclectic crew of spectacular visionary artist Andrew (Android) Jones. Android and a large spirited audience resonated with a vision of how we monkeys might use our fully activated minds to re-imagine and then re-make our world. Is this even plausible or possible? Dr. Bruce invites you to try it in your own life and see for yourself, for the... Topics: cosmology, brain science, visionary thinking, imagination
008-Dr.Bruce: John Suntiger - The CircleIntroducing a new voice to the levity zone: John Suntiger, a visual projection artist, and community and environmental activist who takes us on his profound life’s journey through dis-ease, disease from Childhood to a terrifying hang gliding accident and beyond. John truly paid his dues and has emerged a strong advocate and practitioner of the circle. As Lorenzo Hagerty and Dr. Bruce initiated last year in programs about the life of Terence McKenna, the... Topics: John Suntiger, Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson, Healing Circles
In the next of our "Deep 90s" episodes join Dr.Bruce back in 1995 and '96 in two seminal conversations with journalist Darek Milewski on the emergence of a new medium: Internet virtual worlds with users represented as "avatars". Dreams of Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash" metaverse were being realized by users placing millions of 3D objects into personal homesteads in Alphaworld. Bruce relates how his new organization, the Contact Consortium, was also building its... Topics: virtual worlds, avatars, alphaworld, contact consortium, virtual community
A spirited group in Ojai Salon number 3 takes on a big theme: what is the highest purpose of humanity? Topics include: our deepest origins in time, bringing a new myth to the extant world, alien abduction visions, Burning Man as a vehicle for ascension, the thinking of joseph campbell, or simply existing in the present. It is true that humanity is already on the best possible path, carried along by the enormity of nature, and that we are accelerating toward some kind of ascension? This positive... Topics: human future, anthropology, evolution, sustainability
This second Ojai Salon opens with the sharing of a vision transporting us to the world of 2050. In this wondrous world of the imagination the ideal outcome has occurred and we are living in a safe, sane and healthy civilization nestled nicely on a recovered and restored verdant Earth. How did we get there? Suspend yourself in disbelief for a while and just settle back and enjoy the given vision. In the next episode the audience dialogue will dive into how we might actually get there. Credits:... Topics: Future of humanity, sustainability, spirituality
In part 2 of the conversation with the Madre, mother nature, we reply back to her inquiry. The message? It is much needed information on the planetary state of us monkeys, her most promising yet problematic progeny. Why have this conversation? We may be considered crazy, but the survival of us, and all of Earth’s life may rest in the balance. If the Madre can help us, we can help the Madre and there truly is reason for hope. Credits: Bruce Damer (speaker, intro, editing), Chris Aman... Topics: human evolution of life, technology, spiritual quest, gaia, mother earth, nature, amazon...
This first audience Q&A session for the second Ojai Salon (podcat 013) treats the sharing of a vision of a sane, sustainable and healthy world of the year 2050. We return to that intimate evening in a stone room in Ojai, California in June of 2013 and dive into dialogue, theories and stories shared by our audience. Audience contributor Dennis Leary emerges here as a powerful new voice of the Levity Zone. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (intro, editing), Steve Murtaugh (music), Jacob Aman (art),... Topics: human future, anthropology, evolution, sustainability